Local Group Certifiers

Craig Hardy
CRAIG HARDY  / Director
Macarthur & Southern Highlands

MBA, M.App.Sc.(Env.Toxicology), B.App.Sc.(Env.Health), Accredited Certifier BPB0167 Grade A2 (With Conditions), BPAD-Level 2 Certified Practitioner 24168

Craig has been involved in the Building Industry for 30 years. Craig has previously held senior positions in Local Government and is now actively involved in the private sector as an A2 Accredited Certifier and a Managing Director of Local Certification Services. Craig is also the President of the Association of Accredited Certifiers. Craig established Inspec NSW in the late 1990's and has established firm working relationships with the some of the State's largest Project Builders, providing a reliable, personalised and efficient service. His involvement in various committees and state government working parties has only further developed his extensive knowledge of all facets of the building industry. Craig has combined his wealth of experience and knowledge with his innovative and analytical way of thinking and unrelenting dedication to customer service to develop efficient and effective business processes offering a suite of superior services to all clients.

PAUL GEARIN
PAUL GEARIN  / Director
Sydney

Grad.Dip. Building Surveying, B.App.Sc.(Env.Health), Accredited Certifier BPB0132 Grade A2 (With Conditions)

Paul has practiced as a Building Surveyor for 30 years. During this time, Paul has worked in both the public and private sectors. Paul is currently an A2 Accredited Certifier and a Managing Director of Local Certification Services. Paul has been actively involved in the assessment and inspection of small, medium and large-scale buildings particularly in the Sutherland Shire region and the Eastern and Southern suburbs of Sydney. Paul has also prepared a large number of BCA Reports and provided specialist BCA advice for various industrial buildings, warehouses and large residential and commercial facilities. Paul maintains a wide-ranging knowledge of the BCA, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and its Regulations and the various Australian Standards and other documentation relevant to the Building Industry. Paul's extensive experience and practical approach provides value to the client and ensures that his services are always in high demand.

ANDREW DEAN
ANDREW DEAN  / Director
Norwest

Grad. Dip. Building Surveying, M.Env.Planning, B.App.Sc.(Env. Health), Ass Dip (Health & Building Surveying), Accredited Certifier BPB0087 Grade A1 (With Conditions)

Andrew has over 25 years experience in the Building Industry. Andrew is currently a Managing Director of Local Certification Services and an A1 Accredited Certifier. Andrew has established a reputation for providing high quality certification and consultancy services statewide. Andrew also currently serves as a member of the board of the Association of Accredited Certifiers. Andrew established Andrew Dean Consulting, a full time consultancy practice in 1998 specialising as an Accredited Certifier. Andrew has been dynamically involved in the approval, assessment and inspection of all classes of buildings. Andrew has developed a positive rapport with the state's largest home builders, providing certification services for an extensive number of small to medium scale residential developments statewide. Andrew has also been actively involved in the provision of BCA advice and certification services for a large number of large-scale residential, industrial and commercial developments. Andrew's wide-ranging knowledge and experience can only benefit all projects in which he is involved.

Stuart Barnes
STUART BARNES  / Building Surveyor & Access Consultant
South Coast

M. Fire Safety Engineering, Grad. Dip. Building Surveying, Ass. Dip. Civil and Structural Engineering, Cert. IV Access Consulting

Stuart joined the Local team in late 2017 with almost 30 years experience in the building industry. Stuart initially began his career as an Engineering Assistant with a consultant civil and structural engineer before moving onto Campbelltown City Council. Stuart spent 24 years at Campbelltown Council progressing through the ranks from District Building Surveyor to Coordinator of Building Certification, Compliance and Fire Safety. Throughout his time at Campbelltown, Stuart had the opportunity to act as PCA for many large projects within the growing Campbelltown LGA, many of which relied on alternative solutions. Stuart has extensive experience in the certification of all classes of building including residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, aged care and entertainment building. Stuart is currently an Associate of Accredited Certifiers Board Member, Member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors and Associate Member of Consultants in Access Australia.

MICHAEL SHANAHAN
MICHAEL SHANAHAN  / Accredited Certifier
Macarthur

Associate Diploma (Health & Building Surveying), Accredited Certifier BPB0370 Grade A2 (With Conditions)

Michael has practiced as a Building Surveyor for 40 years. With 28 years experience in Local Government, Michael joined Inspec NSW in 2001. Michael currently operates from the Macarthur Office of Local Certification Services, where he provides assessment, inspection and consultancy services on a large variety of small to medium scale residential and commercial developments. As a Building Surveyor he has progressed through the ranks having been actively involved in the assessment and inspection of various classes of buildings. Michael has established strong working relationships with the builders of the South Western suburbs of Sydney by demonstrating his broad range of skills in building assessment, approval and inspection and servicing their certification needs.

PAUL MORGAN
PAUL MORGAN  / Accredited Certifier
Norwest

Associate Diploma (Health & Building Surveying), Accredited Certifier BPB0276 Grade A2 (With Conditions)

Paul has 30 years experience in the building industry. Paul joined Local Certification Services in 2006 after 27 years in Local Government at Penrith Council. During his time in Local Government Paul gained valuable assessment and inspection experience and an extensive knowledge of the Building Industry. Paul operates from the Norwest Office of Local Certification and services the inspection needs of Local's builders in the western suburbs of Sydney. Paul provides assessment and inspection services for small to medium scale residential and commercial developments. Since the introduction of the NSW Housing Code, Paul has developed an extensive knowledge of this policy and continues to issue a large number of approvals for various building and developments all throughout NSW.

MICHAEL HARDY
MICHAEL HARDY  / Accredited Certifier
South Coast

Dip. (Health & Building Surveying), Accredited Certifier BPB 0772 Grade A3

Michael has worked in the Building Industry for over 10 years and worked as Building Surveyor with Inspec NSW before gaining accreditation as an A3 Accredited Certifier in recent years. Michael works from the Local South Coast Office and applies his extensive knowledge of the South Coast region, with a detailed knowledge of the Building Code of Australia to serve the needs of Local's South Coast Clients. Michael provides a range of certification services for small to medium scale residential developments and will cover a wide region on the South Coast and in the Southern Inlands each day providing inspection services.

STEPHEN TOOHEY
STEPHEN TOOHEY  / Accredited Certifier
Macarthur

Grad. Dip. (Building Surveying), Associate Diploma (Health & Building Surveying), Accredited Certifier BPB1814 Grade A3

Stephen commenced employment with Local Certification Services in 2011 following 30 years in Local Government. Throughout his time in Local Government, Stephen worked for a number of different Councils and held various management positions. This experience has given Stephen a wide-ranging knowledge of all facets of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the Building Code of Australiaand the building industry. Stephen currently operates from the Macarthur Office and provides a range of certification and consultancy services for small to medium scale residential developments.

WARREN CURTIS
WARREN CURTIS  / Accredited Certifier
Sydney

Accredited Certifier BPB2019 Grade A3

Warren joined Local Certification in 2013 with over 25 years experience in the building industry. Warren has lived his entire life in the Sutherland Shire and has worked as a Building Surveyor in both the public and private sectors. Warren has an extensive knowledge of all aspects of the building industry and as a licensed builder himself can understand things from both sides. Warren's practical approach and dedication to detail are valued by his colleagues and clients. Warren currently operates from our Sydney Office.

ROD STEET
ROD STEET  / Accredited Certifier
Northern Beaches

Dip. (Building Surveying), Accredited Certifier BPB1787 Grade A3

Rod commenced employment with Inspec NSW in 2003 as a Building Consultant and soon developed an interest in becoming accredited. As a Building Consultant, Rod provided a range of consultancy services including DA submissions, Bushfire Assessments and Statement of Environmental Effects. With an excellent grasp on the industry and the certification services provided by Local, Rod gained A3 Accreditation and has worked in our Central Coast and Norwest Offices. Rod now operates Local's Northern Beaches Office and provides certification services for small to medium scale residential developments in the surrounding areas. Rod has developed a good rapport with Local's clients operating in the area.

ANDREW VUKOVICH
ANDREW VUKOVICH  / Accredited Certifier
Norwest

M. Building Surveying, B. Construction Management

Accredited Certifier BPB2561 Grade A3

Andrew has worked in the Building Industry for the past 5 years. Andrew worked at Fairfield Council learning the Local Government system before joining the Local team in 2015. Andrew has completed extensive study and maintains a broad and up-to-date knowledge of building regulation. Andrew has a particular interest in Commerical, Industrial and High-Density developments and has his sights set on A1 unrestricted accreditation.

CHRIS DONOVAN
CHRIS DONOVAN  / Accredited Certifier
Norwest

Dip. Building Surveying, Accredited Certifier BPB2486 Grade A3

Chris joined the Local team in 2015. Before deciding to pursue a career in the building industry Chris served 10 years in the army. He commenced his building surveying career in Local Government working at both Gosford City and The Hills Shire Councils. Chris is now based in our Norwest Office but also assists the Central Coast Office from time to time.

Chris is particularly interested in swimming pool certification and formulating ways in which we can provide the best possible outcome for the owner whilst still meeting all regulartory requirements to prevent childhood drowning.

 

DAVID HARRISON
DAVID HARRISON  / Accredited Certifier
Norwest

Advanced Dip. (Building Surveying), Dip. (Building Surveying), Dip. (Building and Construction), Accredited Certifier BPB2481 Grade A3

David has worked with Local since 2015 in both our Cronulla and Norwest Office. David has only worked as a Building Inspector for the past two years but brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from over 15 years working in the building industry. David has worked as a Project Manager and Construction Manager on many large-scale residential and commerical Projects. In these roles David developed a strong understanding of the legislative requirements for building in New South Wales.

 

JOHN SOKLARIDIS
JOHN SOKLARIDIS  / Accredited Certifier
Central Coast

Dip. Building Surveying, Ass. Dip. Engineering Survey Drafting, Surveying Certificate, Accredited Certifier BPB2172 A3

John joined the Local team in early 2016 working in our Central Coast Office. John is a highly experienced Accredited Certifier having worked in both Local Government and as a private certifier before joining Local. John spent 25 years at Lake Macquarie City Council where he gained an understanding of all facets of the building industry including local government processes. John provides certification services for small to medium scale residential developments in the Central Coast and hunter regions.

 

GREG TOWLE
GREG TOWLE  / Accredited Certifier
Central Coast

Dip. (Building Surveying), Cert 1 (General Construction), Accredited Certifier BPB2579 Grade A4

Greg joined the Local team in early 2016 as an A4 Accredited Certifier. Greg brings with him 16 years of industry experience. Greg has previously worked as a gyprock/plasterer and a Swimming Pool cover and fence manufacturer and installer. Greg is now an A3 Accredited Certifier at our Central Coast Office.

Mitchell Hardy
MIITCHELL HARDY  / Accredited Certifier
Macarthur & Southern Highlands

Dip. Building Surveying, Accredited Certifier BPB2372 A3 (With Conditions)

Mitchell joined the Local Team in 2014 after some time working as an Environmental Health Officer in Local Government. In his time in Local Government Mitchell was able to gain invaluable experience of Local Government systems and procedures and became proficient in Swimming Pool Fence Certification. Since joining the Local team, Mitchell has benefited from working with our highly skilled and experienced A3 and A2 Accredited Certifiers, gaining valuable practical experience to supplement his studies. Mitchell has recently attained A3 accreditation and looks forward to working closely with both existing and future clients.

Mitchell Dean
MIITCHELL DEAN  / Accredited Certifier
Norwest

Accredited Certifier BPB2300 A4 (With Conditions)

Mitchell is an A4 Accredited Certifier based in our Norwest Office. Mitchell works closely with our A3 and A2 Accredited Certifiers completing critical-stage inspections and preliminary assessments on applications. While Mitchell is learning the certification ropes he is also currently studying a bachelors degree in Building Certification and hopes to attain a higher A-level accreditation in the near future.

Adam Small
ADAM SMALL  / Bushfire Consultant & Swimming Pool Inspector
Macarthur

Grad. Cert. Bushfire Protection, B. Environmental Management, Accredited Certifier BPB2968 Grade E1.

Adam joined the Local team in 2015 after time spent working at both Blacktown City Council and Penrith City Council. Adam currently works from our Macarthur office preparing bushfire reports and assessments and also completing Swimming Pool Fence Inspections. Adam is accredited under the Building Professionals Board scheme to issue Compliance and Non-Compliance Certificates under the Swimming Pools Act 1992. Adam is currently continuing his studies and hopes to attain A3 accreditation in the future.

Corey Wheeler
COREY WHEELER  / Accredited Certifier
Norwest

Accredited Certifier BPB2742 A4 (With Conditions)

Corey is an A4 Accredited Certifier based in our Norwest Office. Over the past two years Corey has worked closely with our A3 and A2 Accredited Certifiers completing critical-stage inspections and preliminary assessments on applications. While Corey is learning the certification ropes he is also currently studying a bachelors degree in Building Certification and hopes to attain a higher A-level accreditation in the near future.